EDGE: Women at the Pittsburgh Technology Council:
As mid-career female leaders, we often feel alone. The reality is that many of us struggle with the same challenges, but we solve them in isolation. We need a vehicle through which to share best practices across companies and industries and learn together in our collective experience.
Powered by PEERS.
After years of success connecting peers together inside of large organizations, we launched EDGE as an open-enrollment program in 2015. EDGE was the first women’s group coaching experience of its kind targeting mid-career professionals and has both a 2 day retreat option in August (available in person and virtually) and a 9 month cohort experience that launches each year in January.
All open enrollment programs are run in partnership with the Pittsburgh Technology Council. Find out about our upcoming programming for this year here: Click Here
Designed for high-potential mid-career professionals, our EDGE Experience is the first women’s mentoring experience of its kind. Unlike many “out-of-the-box” women’s leadership programs, our EDGE participants co-create the leadership content to ensure it delivers exactly what they need – NOW! – to grow and progress in their career.
Leveraging peer engagement
EDGE Leadership’s trademark process for engaging peers is used for EDGE Women in an innovative virtual and in-person group coaching experience that brings value to you as a mid-career leader. Benchmarked with Fortune 500 companies, EDGE is a contemporary leadership program that provides a living experience that adapts and changes with the needs of each cohort.
- Facilitating knowledge transfer across companies and industries
- Creating peer-to-peer relationships and building an actionable support and engagement network
- Developing strategic leadership and critical thinking skills through real-time practice and application
Leveraging both virtual and in-person sessions over the course of 9 months
Participants will hone their EDGE by gaining greater expertise in areas that include:
Executive presence & personal branding:
- Build a strategic network both inside and outside your organization
- Brand attributes, including creating your personal elevator speech and bio
- Create a powerful social media presence that reflects your brand
- To develop your direct reports and hold them accountable
- To “self-coach” and to promote collaboration and teamwork with your peers
- To experience being coached monthly
- Understand how to influence peers and manage up
- Identify and enroll mentors and advocates
The EDGE Women Experience also includes:
- Monthly 1:1 Office Hours with EDGE coaches
- Virtual coaching application experiences with peers monthly
- Community service opportunities
- Engage your company’s executives as Guest Mentors, leveraging areas of executive expertise and passion in a meaningful way
Download our brochure and prepare to get REAL – Reflect > Engage > Apply > Learn.
“Our customized cohort experience was guided by a masterful coach whose authenticity, candor, and savvy created a space for a unique peer to peer network to develop. The experience taught me to identify, own, and fill the gaps I create when I get busy trying to make a living instead of making a life… plus a group of mentors, coaches, and friends so I’d never had to fill those gaps alone”
Eat’n’Park Hospitality Group
“As a result of working with EDGE’s PEER Technology® model, our group was able to spend one day building the trust and camaraderie that other groups work for months to build. This experience included intensive, meaningful and specific exercises that our group needed in order to start to meet our goals. Christy’s clarity and vision clearly showed as she allowed our members to grow and develop (when and as they needed) throughout the program."
ATHENA Circle of Trust (ACT)
“I never knew there were so many other people inside my own company who experienced the same things as me. What I thought was individual to me is really a part of a collective experience my peers are having across the country. PEER Technology® gave us the vehicle to share our stories, our successes and our best practices so that we now don’t feel so alone AND can be a part of helping others to succeed."
“My EDGE coach helps me see possibilities where I couldn’t see them before. Her support, energy, enthusiasm, and incredibly kind and generous spirit have made such an impact in my life. Our conversations always bolster my soul and nurture my motivation. I am so thankful to my organization for investing in my development as a whole person – and not just as a leader."
“The most important and valuable part of the cohort experience is the relationships we built with our peers to build trust together. Without setting the precedent that within the cohort you can be frank about challenges as well as successes, personal or professional, the cohort model would be just like any other team-building experience, and it is decidedly not. EDGE Leadership creates an environment where people not only feel comfortable being candid, but completely honest with each other. They truly create the space where we grow as whole people – not just as professionals."
Highmark/Blue Cross Blue Shield
“Five stars. The cohort model has afforded me the opportunity to be part of a group of individuals who know me on an intimate level: who I am professionally and personally, where I stand in my career and life, and where I want to go. I now have 24 other women looking out for me and making things happen around me – introducing me to people at community events, providing suggestions for development, and opening doors I couldn’t open on my own. This connection with my professional peers is invaluable to me."
Carsen Nesbitt Ruperto,
Pittsburgh Technology Council